Be Real, Macy Weaver

Viking. Jul. 2022. 384p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780593465721.
Gr 3-7–Sixth grader Macy Weaver will do anything to have a best friend. She’ll tailor her personality to match anyone she thinks has best friend potential. After this strategy leaves her with a bout of loneliness, she jumps at the chance to move to Bowie, MD, for a fresh start when her mother makes a spur-of-the-moment decision to go back to college. When Macy finds she is more alone than ever in her new home, she decides to craft a new fashion-forward persona far from her reality. As she struggles to keep up with the lies, Macy continues to feel unwanted as her true self, even when genuine friendships form. Readers will enjoy Macy’s authentic voice as she reflects on her feelings and the nuanced secondary characters, all of whom are Black. The story’s pacing may be slow for some readers, though it allows for tension to build around Macy. The main character’s mother’s absence and irresponsible spending habits are highlighted in the book, but Wilson does resolve these by the end.
VERDICT This is a solid realistic fiction choice for fans of Renée Watson, Jamie Sumner, or Janae Marks. Recommended for purchase for all collections.

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